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Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. In Praise of Love by Alain Badiou ,. Nicolas Truong. Peter Bush Translator. Love without risk is an impossibility, like war without death.
Caught between consumerism and casual sexual encounters devoid of passion, love today - without the key ingredient of chance - is in mortal danger. Alain Badiou proposes a vision of love as an adventure of the individual. Liberal and libertine reductions of love to instant pleasure and non-commitment bite the du Love without risk is an impossibility, like war without death.
Liberal and libertine reductions of love to instant pleasure and non-commitment bite the dust as Badiou invokes a supporting cast of thinkers from Plato to Lacan via Karl Marx to create a new narrative of romance, relationships and sex - one that does not fear love. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published April 12th by Serpent's Tail first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about In Praise of Love , please sign up. See 1 question about In Praise of Love…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of In Praise of Love. Badiou has written about the concepts of being, truth, event and the subject in a way that, he claims, is neither postmodern nor simply a repetition of modernity.
In the "In Praise of Love", Alain Badiou takes on contemporary 'dating agency' conceptions of love that come complete with zero-risk insurance - like US zero-casualty bombs. He develops a new take on love that sees it as an adventure, and an opportunity for re-invention, in a constant exploration of otherness and difference that leads the individual out of an obsession with identity and self.
Let me confess straight away: I am in thrall to Alain Badiou, a French philosopher who was born in and therefore in is I make no pretence to objectivity in this review. I share his interests, love and politics, culture and philosophy, and his analysis accords with my predisposition.
What has he done? Reading it has been the most amazing and life-changing experience of my postgraduate, autodidactic life. Unbeknown to me, I have been searching for this man all of my life. The first person pronoun is used twice. There is no "you"! There is no "we". There is no "us".
There is no narrative. There is no love. There is only "solitary consciousness". Philosophy, lift your game! And that type of approach resulted in solipsism! Half of these philosophers lacked adequate personal experience in sex, desire and love, or felt guilty about it. We need a philosopher to sort this out. Better still, a French one. One from the Continent. Somehow, we meet each other at a party.
We enjoy our "Encounter". Later, we will describe it as our "Random Encounter". What am I going to do with you? What are you going to do with me? How do we describe our relationship? Is This Love or Desire? I venture the word "Desire". Alain Badiou: "Desire is immediately powerful Desire focuses on the Other, always in a somewhat fetishist manner , on particular objects, like breasts, buttocks and cock. What about Friendship, what about Love?
Alain Badiou: "Love is a quest for truth. I mean truth in relation to something quite precise: what kind of world does One see when One experiences it from the point of view of Two and not One? What is the world like when it is experienced, developed and lived from the point of view of Difference and not Identity? That is what I believe Love to be.
Alain Badiou: "Love, particularly over time, embraces all the positive aspects of Friendship, but Love relates to the totality of the Being of the Other. Alain Badiou: "I mean the totality of your Being. All of it, everything.
All of you. Your heart, your soul, your mind, your body. Alain Badiou: "The Surrender of the Body becomes the material symbol of that totality. It crucially distinguishes it from Friendship. Alain Badiou: "Within the framework of a Love that declares itself, this Declaration, even if it remains latent, is what produces the effects of Desire, and not Desire itself.
Love proves itself by permeating Desire. You nod. Commitment You: Tell me you love me then. I look at Alain. I look back at you. I say, "I love you. Difference and Identity Alain Badiou: "Starting out from something that is simply an Encounter, a trifle, you learn that you can experience the world on the basis of Difference and not only in terms of Identity. Alain Badiou: "Love involves a separation or disjuncture based on the simple Difference between two people and their infinite subjectivities.
You have Two. Love involves Two. Love always starts with an Encounter. We have to stick together. We have to work out a mutually acceptable way of moving ahead, without One dragging the Other against their Will.
Alain Badiou: "Love cannot be reduced to the first Encounter, because it is a Construction. Me: What do you mean when you say "Point by Point"? Alain Badiou: "A 'Point' is a decision point, a point when you have to decide how you are going to deal with a situation, a particular moment around which an Event establishes itself, where it must be re-played in some way, as if it were returning in a changed, displaced form, but one forcing you 'to declare afresh'.
Me: So having a made a Commitment, something might happen, a challenge, a problem, a dispute, that requires a decision, you have to negotiate and agree a resolution?
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